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The Gillard Project

The Gillard Project by Michael Cooney
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It was a comedy of manners, it was a comedy of errors, it was a tragedy, it was a bunch of stuff that happened; it was a calvary and a triumph.� This is what I most want to tell you: it was worth it.�
Michael Cooney was Julia Gillard's speechwriter for most of her time in office.� He came to the job a true believer in every sense, with years of Labor experience behind him.� But this was the prime minister's office.� The stakes were high and the game had changed.�
From mining to the economy to Afghanistan, Cooney wrote the speeches that helped to define the Gillard project: the prime minister's program and vision for the country.� He was there at the coalface of decisions on the carbon 'tax' and the budget surplus; in the lead-up to the 'misogyny' speech and the 'we are us' Labor conference speech.� He worked to crazy deadlines with perpetually conflicting advice, watching from behind the scenes while the government stumbled and the polls began to tell a grim tale.� He cried and laughed and swore as Australia's first female prime minister got through a record number of pieces of legislation in the time she had.� This is his story, and hers.�
Passionate. Argumentative. Funny and honest.� The Gillard Project is a fascinating and unique perspective on Australian political culture and its ramifications for us all.
'Of all the Gillard books, Cooney's is far and away the best�defence of her legacy . . .�This�is a full-throated love letter to ''the Gillard Project'' . . .�and it doesn't hurt that he's funny and smart . . .�True believers and agnostics alike may fall in love with�The Gillard Project.' Canberra Times
Penguin Random House Australia; April 2015
320 pages; ISBN 9781743485170
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Title: The Gillard Project
Author: Michael Cooney
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